The Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a modified fines amnesty for the month of November.

Nonperishable food items will be accepted in lieu of paying fines for overdue books currently in circulation and outstanding overdue fines from other transactions.

The replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food.

Food will be collected in boxes located at the Adult Circulation Desk and at the Children's Service Desk. When "paying" off a fine with a donated food item, a staff librarian should be alerted prior to depositing the item into the collection boxes.

General donations of food is encouraged. All donated food will be turned over to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield as part of that organization's annual food collection drive that distributes non-perishable food to area food banks.